The price of a drug should be based on its therapeutic benefits – not just what the market will bear

The U.S. pharmaceutical industry has innovated in response to the pandemic, providing not only vaccines but also therapies to treat people with COVID-19. But an outdated law designed to spur development of lifesaving drugs risks making new treatments—for COVID-19 as well as other diseases—unaffordable for many Americans. Many pharmaceutical companies rely on the Orphan Drug Act, which President Ronald Reagan […]

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Two members of WHO group on mission to China blocked from travel by Covid symptoms: WSJ

Fox News Flash top headlines for January 13 Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what’s clicking on Foxnews.com. HONG KONG — Two members of a World Health Organization mission to China to study the origins of the coronavirus failed to clear Beijing’s health-screening procedures and were blocked from traveling to the country on Thursday, according to people […]

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On Edge: Politics, “doom scrolling” are toxic mix for this news junkie

Scott Zayatz upped his dosage of antidepression and antianxiety medication in early spring when the pandemic started clobbering the nation and the presidential race, post-primary, turned foul. The 43-year-old news junkie could feel his body tense and cynicism rise with each tweet about COVID deniers, the president’s false assurances, and the politicization of a national and global catastrophe. “I noticed […]

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Experts agree on new global definition of ‘fermented foods’

Humans have consumed different types of fermented foods—from kimchi to yogurt—for thousands of years. Yet only recently, with the availability of new scientific techniques for analyzing their nutritional properties and microbiological composition, have scientists begun to understand exactly how the unique flavors and textures are created and how these foods benefit human health. Now, 13 interdisciplinary scientists from the fields […]

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Here’s why you’re checking work emails on holidays (and how to stop)

Finally, the holidays are here—the break you’ve been waiting for. You want to leave work behind, kick back and enjoy time with family and friends. But you’re still checking work emails and taking work calls. Even if you are at a remote location that screams holiday, you’re still thinking about work, or even doing work, although you promised yourself this […]

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Mexico to start COVID-19 vaccinations on Thursday: govt

Mexico will begin COVID-19 immunizations on Thursday, a day after the country receives its first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, Undersecretary of Health Hugo Lopez-Gatell said. “Tomorrow (Wednesday) the first consignment of the Pfizer vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 arrives,” he said Tuesday on Twitter. “There will be a press opportunity and then the vaccine will be safeguarded until its use on Thursday, […]

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COVID-19 will have a long-term impact on rural communities

Although vaccinations against COVID-19 have begun in the UK, the effects of the pandemic on the economy and society will continue to be felt for a long time. Rural communities, in particular, will be hit hard. The closure of local hubs such as pubs and community centers in rural and remote areas has been a trend in recent years. The […]

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